Thanksgiving Hawaiian Style

In my childhood years in the Philippines, we ate off of banana leaves when we would hike up to my grandmother’s property in the mountains in her province.  I have fond memories of our tour guide, who was known as Uncle Spergion, hacking the banana leaves with his bolo knife when it was time to have lunch as we’d take a break from our hike.

Then the moms and aunties would grab the leaves and give them a quick wash in the nearby stream of natural spring water.  While us young kids would sit and watch, the older kids helped out in preparing the food.  Then the FUN part is we got to use the banana leaves as plates and ate with our hands!  Of course we had to wash our hands before we ate.

This year at our Thanksgiving lunch, we did just that…except it was at our townhouse.  And used ti leaves as we didn’t have enough banana leaves.  Not everyone ate with their hands. But a few adventurous ones did!

And I like how it was such an easy clean up.  Definitely going to try this again!  Hope your Thanksgiving with family and friends was filled with love, fun and laugher.  And are enjoying the rest of this Thanksgiving weekend!

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New Breakfast Bar at Down To Earth in Kapolei

The idea of making a cereal out my island RAW granola came from my customers wanting to use the 3 oz bites as toppings or eat it like a bowl of cereal. I kept hearing over and over again how they wished I had a line of cereal so they don’t have to break up the bites to small pieces!

Thanks to my customers, KILAUEA (Mac Pineapple Coconut) AND WAIANAE (Apple Banana Raisins) were born and is now selling at Down To Earth in Kapolei!

In addition, Down To Earth started a new Breakfast Bar in the Deli Department and we are working on including my island RAW granola cereal in the near future.  And the 2 oz bars and 3 oz bites in the Grab N Go section.

More details to come!

 

SUJA known about you a long time ago!

Simplifying the array of store-bought juice in the market today has truly become a challenge!  As the market has exploded with so many varieties that now it’s harder to figure out which one to choose.

After juicing/blending EVERYDAY for almost 5 years now, I’ve learned from mistakes I’ve made in the past and learned how to do it the right way.  So to recently have found SUJA I was totally sold!  As the way they keep the integrity of the juice.

And honestly, there are days I cannot juice/blend so it’s nice to have some already made.  So am thankful I’ve found SUJA juice as in my busy days, I can just grab and go!

The things one needs to ask when a company claims to sell 100% juice are:

– Organic

– RAW

– Cold-pressed

– HPP (High Pressure Processing)

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And I like the fact that this new company supports organic and sustainability.   A famous blogger, Food Babe, said it best.  Spreading awareness about how our food is produced and which companies we should support will change the marketplace!

If you are interested in more detailed information on how to pick the best store-bought juice, read up on this link prepared by Food Babe.

http://foodbabe.com/2013/11/10/juice-labels/

And here’s the link to SUJA.

http://www.sujajuice.com/